In the days since Donald Trump was elected president, two women in hijabs say they were attacked in separate incidents by men invoking the President-elect, according to police and university officials.
A Muslim student at San Diego State University was robbed on Wednesday by two men who made comments about Trump and Muslims, police and university officials said. Separately, two white men robbed, beat and stole the hijab of a female student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Daily Advertiser reported. One of the men was wearing a white “Trump” hat, police told the paper.
The attacks occurred on a day when protests broke out around the country in response to Trump’s surprise upset victory over Hillary Clinton.
The San Diego State University Muslim Student Association said the victim in the incident there was a Muslim student dressed in a hijab and “full Islamic garb.” SDSU President Elliot Hirshman called the act a hate crime and said the university hopes to find the suspects.
“We condemn this hateful act and urge all members of our community to join us in condemning such hateful acts,” Hirshman said in a statement to KPBS. “Hate crimes are destructive to the spirit of our campus and we urge all members of our community to stand together in rejecting hate.”
In the Louisiana incident, the men hit the victim and took her wallet while “saying ugly stuff to her,” police told the Daily Advertiser.